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Madonna says leaking of new album is artistic rape and form of terrorism
Dec 17, 2014 10:47am | Cosequence Of Sound

A 13-track album of new music from Madonna has reportedly leaked onto the web. Oh No They Didn’t theorizes that the release could be the entirety of Madonna’s as-yet-unannounced thirteenth studio album, rumored to be titled either Unapologetic Bitch or Iconic.

Madonna’s camp has experienced a fury of unauthorized leaks in recent weeks, leading to the singer’s manager, Guy Oseary, to enlist the public’s help. “I would be grateful to any Madonna fans that can assist us in finding those responsible for the leak,” Oseary tweeted after a song called “Rebel Heart” hit the web late last month. “We appreciate your help.”

(Read: Madonna’s 20 Best Songs)

However, it appears her camp was unable to plug the leak, as today’s release is easily the biggest cache of content yet. As of publication, it’s unclear whether this latest leak contains demo versions of the tracks or the finished album. Update: In an Instagram post, Madonna said the leaked songs are “unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world.” She thanked fans for their “loyalty” in “not listening” to the unfinished music.

Update — 2:15pm ET: In a second Instagram post, Madonna added, “This is artistic rape!! These are...

PREMIERE: The debut single from Darlene Shrugg, Freedom Comes In A Plastic Card
Dec 17, 2014 10:46am | Chart Attack

For 10+ years, Tropics functioned as Slim Twig's untethered id. While the thoughtful Toronto music veteran took apart and reassembled rockabilly, hip-hop and psych, Tropics was his place to unite with a seriously forceful drummer - Simone TB, most recently of Fiver/The Highest Order - really lean in and make some noise. But Tropics were more of a live beast than a recording project, and they left us with just one 7".

Tropics haven't so much departed as evolved, shifted, expanded and mutated. And out of that transformation comes Darlene Shrugg, a new band made up of Simone TB and Slim Twig of Tropics, plus Slim's wife/artistic partner Meg Remy of U.S. Girls and both Amanda Crist and Carlyn Bezic of Ice Cream. It's a good chunk of Toronto's east end music scene in one band.

Freedom Comes In A Plastic Card by Darlene Shrugg

Where all of the members' main projects approach genre conventions - loosely art-punk, girl group pop and minimalist post-punk - from somewhat of an intellectual (and sometimes unsettling) distance, Darlene Shrugg is a place for straight ahead (but not too straight ahead) rock music. Their debut song, "Freedom Comes In A Plastic Card," which we've got streaming above, displays their new split vocal approach and their surprisingly danceable glam rock melodies.

According to Slim Twig (whose ID makes up the cover shot), the song commemorates a simple decade-delayed rite of passage: "It was wri...

slowcore vets Spain released 'Sargent Place' (stream it), playing two NYC shows before European tour
Dec 17, 2014 10:45am | Brooklyn Vegan
The glacially paced, attention-span taxing music that's come to be dubbed slowcore would seem an unlikely export for sunny, spontaneous Southern California, but Spain goes a long way toward proving you can't always judge a book by...well, its place of publication. Led by bassist/vocalist Josh Haden (a former member of the Minutemen-damaged agit-punk combo Treacherous Jaywalkers, the son of venerable free-jazz bassist Charlie Haden and brother of that dog's Haden sisters), the quartet ambles deliberately through soundscapes that evoke the windswept romance suggested by its name. - [Trouser Press]
Slowcore pioneers Spain (aka Josh Haden for all intents and purposes) released Sargant Place, their fifth album, last month via Dine Alone Records. The record features Josh's father and jazz legend Charlie Haden's last-recorded performance, on the song "You and I," and his sister Petra (that dog., The Decemberists, etc) is on it too. You can stream the album (via The Key) below.

Spain will be touring Europe early next year and will stop in NYC on the way there, playing a free show on January 29 at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium, and then February 3 at Rough Trade. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (12/19) at noon. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

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Snapchat is trying to launch a record label
Dec 17, 2014 10:38am | Fact Magazine

Thus far, the Sony hacks have primarily dealt with behind-the-scenes Hollywood squabbles – but it seems the musical disclosures have begun.

As Billboard report, new leaks show that the company behind Snapchat has been attempting to edge into the music business. The information comes from emails pinched from the account of Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, who was tapped up by Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel to help the mobile messaging company make the transition into music provision.

According to correspondence between Lynton and Sony Musics president of global digital business Dennis Kooker, Spiegels primary goal was to set up his own Snapchat label:

He doesnt want to build a music service but he would like to have a record label so he could focus on the artists that he wants to use the platform to promote.  He also wants to participate in the upside that he will create by promoting them on the platform.

Spiegel is also described as thinking that every music service in the market is shit, and having aspirations to be a curator. Lynton subsequently helped Spiegel dip his toe in the water of music provision, arranging meetings with the likes of LA Reid and Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff. A possible arrangement with Vevo to incorporate music videos into Snapchat hit the skids earlier this year.

At present, it’s unclear whether the plans have nudged any further beyo...

James Richards IV's favorite photos of 2014 (that he took)
Dec 17, 2014 10:38am | Brooklyn Vegan

Die Antwoord @ Riviera Theatre 6/3/14

James Richards IV shot a lot of shows for this BrooklynVegan year, mostly in Chicago, and now that the year's almost over, he's picked out 14 of his favorite shots of 2014 that he himself took. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below...

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Stream Blue Hawaii Agor Edits Mixtape
Dec 17, 2014 10:31am | StereoGum

Blue Hawaii have released a new mix to celebrate the end of the year that features new edits of some of their old songs, plus an unreleased track called “All Of My Heart” and a remix of Kyle Hall’s “Ghosten.” It’s available as a continuous mix or individual tracks, all of which are available to download. In a message from Alex “Agor” Cowan — the production side of the duo — he reveals that other half Raphaelle Standell will be focusing on Braids next year, who he says “have just completed a beautiful, deeply emotional, new record.” He’ll be producing more music and making a stop at SXSW under the name DJ Blue Hawaii. Listen to the mix and read more words from Cowan below.


Video Premiere: Nox Boys Military School
Dec 17, 2014 10:30am | CMJ

Nox Boys – Photo by Andy Johanson

Like modern day Eddie Haskells, this Blawnox, PA, band are all clean shaven and still fairly sober, three lads just got out of the zitface phase a few weeks ago, plus one of their uncles who brings sneaky slide guitar and a beast of a record collection to the band’s still germinating garage pound. So they’ll no doubt charm your mum, but their slick garage rock means bratty business and might piss off even the other garage bands on a bill with them. That’s ’cause they mostly reject the currently standard lo-fi, reverb-heavy trash rock angle and up the volume and vocals, while keeping the energy and sneer just feral enough to gain your untrustworty greaser trust.

On Military School, the Nox Boys dive right into some stomping, slide guitar blues, but play it with the “why not” assuredness of a bunch of in-development delinquents. Today, we’re premiering this well-matched B&W vid-clip for the tune, shot by Andy Johanson in a dank small hall somewhere in recession era Pennsylvania.

Says drummer Sam Berman, “Shooting the music video was like recording the debut album. We had very little time and very little experience…It took some time to be able to play to a track of Military School that we recorded almost a year earlier—hard to believe we played it much slower than we do live now.”

The Nox Boys self-ti...

California X Hadley, MA
Dec 17, 2014 10:26am | StereoGum

Massachusetts fuzz-punks California X are a few weeks away from releasing their sophomore LP Nights In The Dark. “Hadley, MA,” the third of the songs they’ve shared from the album, is a lot softer and slower and more bittersweet than previous singles “Nights In The Dark” and “Red Planet.” It’s a bit of a scraped-out dirge, honestly, though it still ascends to the sunbaked classic-rock heights this band regularly strives for. The song-ending guitar solo, in particular, shows that they’re in no hurry to shake the Dinosaur Jr. comparisons that habitually follow them around. Listen to the song below.


Video Session : Bob Log III at Sun King Brewery
Dec 17, 2014 10:23am | My Old Kentucky Blog

MOKB Presents teamed up with our best buds at Sun King Brewery to bring in Bob Log III, before his show at The HI-FI, to give us an impromptu balloon-poppin’, beer-guzzlin’ private session.

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Madonnas Entire New Album Reportedly Leaks Before It Was Even Announced
Dec 17, 2014 10:11am | StereoGum

Madonna’s reportedly been working on a new album for a while now, but she hasn’t even announced the album yet. It was probably going to come out next year. But now, who knows. 13 brand-new Madonna songs — possibly the entire finished new album — leaked to the internet this morning, as Oh No They Didn’t points out. Madonna recorded the tracks with Diplo, Avicii, Natalia Kills, and Ryan Tedder. Rumor has it that the album is called either Unapologetic Bitch (awesome title) or Iconic (less so). (That’s presumably a fan-created cover up there.) The album, or whatever it is, has one song called “Unapologetic Bitch” and another called “Bitch I’m Madonna.” It’ll be interesting to see how Madonna handles this — whether she retools the album or bumps up the release or ignores it entirely. But it’s out there now. Ask Sony Pictures about that: There’s nothing you can do about that now.

Watch: Laura Marling Short Movie Video
Dec 17, 2014 10:10am | CMJ

It’s been over a year since soft-spoken folk musician Laura Marling dropped her excellent album Once I Was An Eagle, but today we’ve got news of a new one coming early next year. The album, Short Movie, won’t be out until March, but its title track is here, accompanied by a simple Art & Graft-directed video. As a horse gallops across dreamy southwestern landscapes, the track billows and blossoms into a lovely, shadowy pop song. Watch the video for Short Movie below and check out the album tracklist after that.

Tracklist For Short Movie:
01. Warrior
02. False Hope
03. I Feel Your Love
04. Walk Alone
05. Strange
06. Dont Let Me Bring You Down
07. Easy
08. Gurdjieffs Daughter
09. Divine
10. How Can I
11. Howl At The Moon
12. Short Movie
13. Worship

The post Watch: Laura Marling – “Short Movie” Video appeared first on CMJ.

Justin Vernon Officially Announces His Eaux Claires Music Festival
Dec 17, 2014 10:09am | StereoGum

A few months back, it was rumored that Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon was bringing a music festival to his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Vernon has officially announced the festival today, which will be co-curated by the National’s Aaron Dessner. Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival will take place next year on July 17-18. The lineup will be announced in early 2015. A limited amount of presale tickets will be available tomorrow starting at noon CST. Here are some words from Vernon and Dessner on putting together the festival:


Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014
Dec 17, 2014 10:06am | Brooklyn Vegan

Photo: Grouper @ the Guggenheim in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Tiny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014, and as TMT lists usually are, it's a pretty eccentric one with a lot of stuff that wasn't making everyone's list this year. Sure you've got Grouper, Andy Stott, Sun Kil Moon, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Arca, Pharmakon, Perfume Genius, Ariel Pink, Swans and FKA twigs, but you've also got Ninos Du Brasil, Gem Jones, James Ferraro, Call Super, C L E A N E R S, Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet and more.

Read their entertaining intro and commentary on the albums here, and browse their full list below...

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Petite Noir Till We Ghosts (Feat. Yasiin Bey)
Dec 17, 2014 10:02am | StereoGum

Petite Noir’s King Of Anxiety EP already gave us one splendid single in “Chess.” Now here’s another excellent track from Cape Town “noirwave” king Yannick Ilunga with an assist from Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def. “Till We Ghosts” actually premiered two years ago in a different form, but this new version with Bey is as fresh as can be. It’s one of those songs that could have been utterly corny, with Bey rapping over what amounts to driving rock music with an ethereal touch. Instead, this particular rap/rock hybrid turns out to be as electrifying as Yeezus, but with the elegant poise of peak TV On The Radio. Run The Jewels’ collaboration with Until The Ribbon Breaks comes to mind as well, though this trades out sharp-edged aggression for a dreamier kind of forward motion. Listen below.


Matthew E. White announces US tour
Dec 17, 2014 10:00am | Cosequence Of Sound

On March 10th, CoSigned songwriter Matthew E. White will return with his new album Fresh Blood via Domino Records. In support, the Richmond, Virginia native has lined up a month-long US tour for early next year.

Set to kick off on March 3rd in Brooklyn, the jaunt includes stops in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Chicago before closing out on April 7th in Washington, DC. Consult the full schedule below.

Matthew E. White 2015 Tour Dates:
03/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ BRIC Arts Center
03/16 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
03/22 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
03/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
03/27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03/28 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
04/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
04/02 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
04/03 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
04/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
04/05 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
04/07 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Check out a teaser trailer for Fresh Blood:

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